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Mrs. Lola Dean Cook- Holloway

June 30, 1942 ~ December 5, 2018 (age 76)
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Mrs. Lola C. Holloway was born June 30, 1942, to the union of Thad and Rosa Cook of Magnolia, Mississippi. Lola was the second of five children. "Dean" as her family so affectionately called her, grew up in a Christian home and confessed Christ at the age of 14 while a member of the Pleasant Springs Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend Harvey Allen.

She attended Prescott Elementary and Eva Gordon High School in Magnolia, Mississippi where she became an avid reader. Her love of reading unearthed her natural talent for writing poetry. He poetry spike of love, struggle, faith, and family.

After graduation, Lola attended Jackson State College where she graduated with a degree in English Literature and later, she earned a master's degree in English from Delta State University. Lola possessed a love for teaching children and took a keen interest in the public and private schools where she worked. While studying at Jackson State College, one of Lola's profession saw promise in her and helped her to secure a fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where she matriculated for two years.

After returning to Mississippi, her first teaching job was at Burglund High School in McComb, Mississippi. where she met her husband, Robert James Holloway Jr. they were married June 3, 1973.

In 1979, Lola and her family returned to Mississippi where she obtained a position as a teacher with Coahoma Junior College as an English professor and with the Piney Woods County Life School as the Coordinator for Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) until her retirement. This position afforded her the opportunity to introduce the joys of writing to children of all ages. Her retirement was short-lived because when quickly transitioned to work with Catholic Charities, Inc. helping Refugee Minors to acclimate to their new surroundings until her health failed.

Lola and her family were members of the Christ Temple Holiness Church where she actively worked in the feeding ministry for the homeless. The provided food and clothing during early Sunday Service. This ministry was dear to her heart.

Lola departed this life on December 5, 2018, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother (Gregory)

Visitation hours will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018, from 12-7 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home, Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Springs M.B. Church, located at 5189 Livingston Rd - Jackson, MS 39213. Interment will promptly at Hope Springs M.B. Church Cemetery.

Dr. Sammuel L. Thompson, Officiating

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